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Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Travels

November 25, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Are you planning on going away for Thanksgiving? Traveling the long highways in order to spend time with friends or family? No matter your plans, if you are using the roads to travel, you must take added precautions to ensure your own safety. This isn’t always a possibility, unfortunately, and sometimes accidents can happen. If that accident involves a large semi-truck, tractor trailer, or 18-wheeler, the results can be catastrophic. It is important to be a careful driver during this time, and our truck accident attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. have provided tips to help you avoid serious accidents.

Become a Defensive Driver

Be aware of your surroundings. Trucks require a larger turn radius, more stopping time, and more space on the road. If you keep these things in mind, you can work to prevent sudden movements if a truck is behind you or on the side of you. If a truck is in front of you, drive further back to avoid an underride accident and to make sure you have enough time to react if something happens.

Avoid Driving in Bad Weather

We know that you want to reach your destination on Thanksgiving, but if it means driving in bad weather, we’d advise against it. If you have trouble maneuvering on the road, imagine the difficulties a truck driver would have. The difference is truck drivers are on a tight timeline and if they do not reach their destination within a certain time limit, it may cost them their job.

Respect Large Trucks

When large trucks are on the road, the driver often drives slower to account for the added weight in the trailer and the amount of cargo. Because of this, many drivers attempt to pass trucks in order to get ahead of them and travel faster. It is important to know that this is not ideal. It may spook the truck driver and force a sudden movement that could result in an accident.

Travel When You Can React the Best

Many people feel that if they wait till later at night or early in the morning, the traffic won’t be nearly as bad. Unfortunately, this may mean that your cognitive abilities are not up to par at the time of the day. This could cause fatigued driving and, subsequently, accidents. When a truck is involved, it can result in serious injuries for all involved.

At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have sustained injury due to a truck accident. Our truck accident lawyers work hard to help recover compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, and more. Call us today to get started and learn how we may be able to help.